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How To Become Mind-Blowing At Public Speaking And Inspire People

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As many of you know, public speaking has become something I want to get really proficient at. To achieve this goal, I have read and consumed the best public speaking tips from all of the experts in the field. I’ve also watched countless TED videos to see what makes a memorable experience for any audience.

Combined with my research, I’ve also attended many events where I have been left speechless by seemingly unknown speakers who manage to motive the audience into action and leave you feeling breathless after they share their stories and advice.

No matter what your pursuit is, at some point, if you want to take it to the next level, you’ll need to become outstanding at public speaking and sharing your message.

To fast track your progress, here are the 15 ways you can become mind-blowing at public speaking:

1. Do a back flip

No this is not the circus, and I know that. Our very own Joel Brown get’s people instantly connected to his talks by doing a back flip at the start and raising the audiences energy levels. This trick might seem a bit amateur, but it’s quite the opposite. What can you do to get people’s attention at the start of your talk?

2. Tell loads of stories

After countless hours of listening to and reading about what makes the best speech’s, it became clear to me that stories are at the heart of it all. Before you go out there and try and give the speech of your life, have a few stories that you can draw on depending on the mood of the room at the time.

Make these stories vulnerable and try to create a moment where people can get value and apply your lessons in their own life. Extract the best bits of each story and don’t waffle on too much about the detail. Focus on what the challenge was, and how you overcame it.

3. Paint images with your words

Highly successful speakers have a way with words. They use the words in their speech to paint a picture that makes you feel like you were present at the exact same moment. It’s easy to show images and videos in your talk; it’s much harder to create those images with words, and the effect is far greater.

4. Prepared speech or unprepared speech

The question that stumps all new public speakers is whether to prepare or not. The answer depends on what the purpose of your speech is. If it’s a TED talk, then you probably want to have a prepared speech where you memorise the key parts of the speech and say it on the fly.

Learning speeches word for word is near impossible, and I have racked by brain trying to do this. Read your speech as many times as you can and then start summarising different parts of the speech with key phrases.

Once you know the key phrases, then freestyle how you say it when you’re on stage. If you want to be a true professional, then the most advanced way of performing a speech is to do the whole thing on the fly.

To be successful with this technique, I’ve found that the topic of your speech has to be something that you know back the front and that you are extremely passionate about. When you try and speak without preparation about something that is not linked to your passion, you’ll find you will become frozen, nervous, and execute your speech poorly.

Even with an unprepared speech, it’s still a good idea to write down a few ideas you could potentially share and have some good stories that are front of mind to link to your main ideas.

5. Use silence instead of filler words

Despite what we all think, almost all public speakers lose track of where they are up to at some point throughout their speech. This is normal and not a time to panic. When you learn public speaking professionally, they teach you to cut out filler words like umm, so, ahh, etc.

What you learn instead is to use silence to get back on track. The reason we use filler words is that in conversations, we are scared of getting cutoff or not getting our point across so we try and maintain control of the conversations by filling in gaps of silence with filler words.

If you want to go pro, then you need to be conscious of filler words.

6. Use props

Some of the most interesting speeches on the internet use props to demonstrate the main points. Bill Gates did this when he spoke at TED and brought up how mosquito’s spread malaria. He then releases some live mosquitos into the audience, and people have no idea what’s going on.

The natural assumption by the audience is to think that the mosquitos in the room have malaria. Finally, Bill tell’s everyone that the mosquitoes are harmless, and he now has everyone’s attention. The other famous example is when Jamie Oliver spoke at TED and dropped a wheelbarrow full of sugar on the stage to demonstrate how much sugar is present in children’s food products like milk.

“Mind-blowing public speakers use more than just their voice to deliver their message; they use props to amplify what they’re saying and take their speech up another level”

7. Look the audience in the eye

The best public speakers all look their audience members in the eye to make their speech feel personal and relatable. For this technique to work, you have to look at audience members individually for a period of time before glancing at the next person.

Constantly moving your eye’s around will not give the desired effect – hold your glance.

8. Use big gestures

The heart of a good speech is not just the words that the speaker is saying it’s the body language they use. Big gestures that demonstrate the size of something or involve your hands and arms stretching out wide will add interest to what you’re saying.

Big gestures show confidence and create interest in your topic. These same gestures will also make the speaker feel pretty powerful and strong too!

9. Ask the audience questions

Every speaker has a day when they have more nerves than usual. The professionals use a simple hack to divert their attention away from their nerves and onto the audience. The simple hack is to ask your audience a question relevant to your topic. Let the audience member answer, and then begin your speech. By then, the nerves should have subsided, and you’ll be in flow.

10. Vary the speed of your flow

With any popular dance track, you’ll notice that there are peaks and troughs in the energy of the song. If a song is consistently pumping away at maximum energy for the whole time, then there is no rise and fall in emotion. Without emotion, music loses its soul.

The speed and flow of your speech are the same as a popular song. You need to vary the flow of your delivery and have really loud moments, and eloquent quiet moments. You also need to have bits where you speak fast and parts where you speak at a slower pace.

At the same time, world-class speakers understand the power of silence, and they use it after they present a significant point in their speech.

“Silence can add suspense and drama to any speech and it’s a must-have attribute of a memorable talk”

11. Move around the stage

Standing in one spot with your arms by your side is very boring to look at for the audience. Professional speakers who blow their audiences mind move around the stage and even walk into the audience to get up close and personal. Life is movement and so is public speaking.

12. Stand tall

Before you give a speech, you need to ensure you’re in a peak state. If you go out there slouching around and lack energy, the way you talk will carry the same forgettable elements. People want to be inspired when they hear you speak, and so you need to inspire yourself first.

Stand tall and imagine that nothing can stop you. Pretend that your message has the ability to save lives and bring about positive change. This mindset will see you crush your speaking goals, and it will create raving fans that want to come back and hear you again.

13. Practice in front of a video camera or smartphone

After speaking for a while and doing my first long form speech, a tip that I got from a friend was to video tape my speech. The idea is that when you are practicing your speech, you can film yourself to see how you will look on stage.

This exercise brings surprising results because you will pickup on the smallest details like unnecessary fidgeting and awkward poses or glances. These same videos can then be used later as content for your social media, website or blog so they will never go to waste!

14. Attend a speed dating public session event

To become mind-blowing at public speaking on the spot, I’ve found that there is an easy way to improve at impromptu speaking. What I did, was go to a public speaking Meetup where everyone in attendance has to speak on topics in front of each other.

The first few times it can be a challenge, but by the end, you get good at speaking on the fly and concentrating on your audience rather than your nerves. Impromptu speaking is the true definition of high quality, memorable, and inspiring speeches.

15. Learn to control your nerves

Everyone from politicians to Gary Vaynerchuk experience some form of nerves when doing public speaking. Nerves are energy that you can use to serve you or detract from your performance. Focus your attention on the audience, notice your nerves, and know that it’s all gravy. You’re meant to do this, and it doesn’t matter what people think anyway.

What do you think makes a fantastic public speaker? Let me know on my website timdenning.net or my Facebook.

Tim is best known as a long-time contributor on Addicted2Success. Tim's content has been shared millions of times and he has written multiple viral posts all around personal development and entrepreneurship.You can connect with Tim through his website www.timdenning.net

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  1. Mohamed Hairi

    Sep 4, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    I would just practice and keep practicing and keep getting your reps up. That’s what I did Tim Denning I just keep getting my reps, even though I speak for free at Colleges, I have worked my way up From middle schools to high schools to community colleges to now universities/ Sororities and Fraternities. Next Year my goal is to speak to professional sports teams and eventually get paid. I mostly speak about Drunk Driving, but I will talk about relationships and life and willing to succeed.

    • Tim Denning

      Sep 27, 2016 at 5:20 am

      Mohamed that’s great advice and I’ll definitely follow that strategy. Thank you!

  2. Linda Ugelow

    Sep 4, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    I’ve not heard of the speed dating speaking event. Thank you. I’ll have to look that up.

    • Tim Denning

      Sep 27, 2016 at 5:20 am

      Linda there are lots of them on Meetup.com. Suss it out.

  3. Bill Holmes

    Sep 3, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    Excellent article, Tim. I’m looking to becoming a public speaker myself. I would add two items that are assisting me with achieving my goal:

    1. Join a local Toastmasters organization in your community.

    This international organization gives its members the opportunity to develop their public speaking skills by reciting speeches and receiving feedback from their peers.

    2. Recording an audio copy of your speech using a digital recorder.

    This technique has been very effective for me to memorize the main points of my speech. Listening to my voice enables me to critique myself if I’m speaking too loud, soft, fast, or slow.

    • Linda Ugelow

      Sep 4, 2016 at 5:15 pm

      I like these. I’m planning on going to my first toastmaster this week. And yes, recording myself and playing it while I do mindless chores has been really helpful.

    • Tim Denning

      Sep 27, 2016 at 5:21 am

      Bill that’s great advice and I have already joined Toastmasters and found it very useful.

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10 Simple Yet Effective Ways to Bring Out the Successful YouTuber in You

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YouTube is a social media platform that has turned many a normal person into a celebrity. With over 1.9 billion logged-in users visiting YouTube every month, it is a hugely popular platform that is being actively used by people who are leveraging its reach and popularity for reputation building, increasing visibility, creating and driving brand reach and last but not the least, earning money.

We keep hearing success stories of YouTube influencers who were nobodies when they started out and today run some of the most popular channels on YouTube and are considered reputed influencers in their niche.

There is absolutely no doubt that if done right, a presence on YouTube can be a massive boost for your brand (if you are a business) and ensure visibility of stratospheric proportions (if you are an individual).

But, at the end of it all, most people want to get onboard YouTube for the money. If your channel is popular enough, it can be a regular source of income for you. So, how do you become a successful YouTuber and establish a popular YouTube channel?

Here are ten great tips to help you on your way:

1. Identify your YouTube Goals

What do you want to achieve out of YouTube? Straight off the block, this is the question you must answer. YouTube can help build your brand, both business and personal, if that’s your goal. It will help improve your reputation and differentiate yourself from the competition. It could also become a revenue generation medium for you.

There are many reasons you might want to start a YouTube channel, and you need to zero in on the right one. Identifying your core goal or set of goals will help you plan your YouTube journey effectively.

2. Identify the Right Niche for Your Channel

Making videos is a resource-intensive activity. It also needs a rare degree of passion to make videos because you are going to put a truckload of effort into it. So, make sure to zero in on the right niche for your channel, meaning the kind of video content you are going to post. If you are an individual, the content must align with your interest, preferences, skill sets and knowledge.

If you are a business, it must align with your business’s services or domain. Think very carefully whether you will be able to keep making videos about a specific topic, subject or domain regularly. This will help you choose the right ‘content type’ for your channel.

3. Trust Yourself

There are some YouTubers who give up because they think they are not cut out to be successful YouTubers. There is absolutely no doubt, you will be wracked by self-doubt when you start, especially if your videos aren’t finding enough traction. The key here is to have confidence in your ability and pursuing your end goal indefatigably.

Don’t give up because of setbacks; some of the top YouTubers started off slowly and built their audience steadily. When it comes to YouTube, it is important to understand that success won’t come easily or quickly.

4. Be Prepared for Criticism

As a YouTuber, you have the ability to showcase your knowledge and skillsets to the world, but this also sets you up for criticism. There are people who are going to like your videos and there are those who won’t and will go a step further and criticize it through the comments section.

And very often, this criticism isn’t constructive and its only aim is to make fun of you and your video. Can you handle this criticism? You must if you want to be a successful YouTuber. Try developing a thick skin and don’t allow even the most virulent criticism to affect you.

5. Respond to Comments

Make it a habit to respond to comments, irrespective of whether these appreciate or criticize your video. Your response tells your viewer that you care and are prepared to listen to their views. This helps you build a relationship with your viewers who can then turn into channel subscribers. Don’t think YouTube videos are one-way traffic wherein you make a video, a viewer sees it and forgets about it. A video is a means of driving interaction and engagement.

6. Follow other YouTubers

You might have some great content ideas for your channel, but you must also keep track of what other YouTubers are doing. There is always a chance that you will get some inspiration from their videos as to how to make a video more interesting, get the lowdown on audience engagement tactics and find technical aspects as well including camera work, audio etc.

7. Attend Meetups

There are plenty of YouTube meetups, conventions and conferences happening all over the world; it is imperative that you attend YouTube events happening in your region. This way you will be able to meet fellow YouTubers in the region, and who knows, you might also meet YouTubers, you follow and want to emulate. If you get the opportunity to discuss notes or get tips, do so. This will help refine your channel content

8. Keep Measuring Your Performance

Start measuring your YouTube performance from the word go. You need to keep track of various performance metrics to know how well you have done. A metric like ‘views’ is super important but so is ‘watch time’. ouTube judges the performance of your channel on various metrics and uses these to rank your videos in search results. There are plenty of tools that can help you track and measure YouTube performance based on various parameters.

9. Don’t Judge Yourself Too Harshly

Don’t set impossible standards for yourself. You are going to make mistakes and learn from them. No video is perfect and don’t think you can start making amazingly successful videos from day one. So, judge yourself, but don’t go overboard. Don’t compare your work with people who have many years of YouTube experience behind them; this would be counterproductive and play havoc with your confidence levels.

10. Keep at It

If you want to bring out the successful YouTuber in you, you must keep at it. Plan a video publishing schedule and stick to it, irrespective of whether your videos are doing well or not. Remember, once you set cadence, you will get better at your videos, and this will drive more engagement.

A successful YouTuber is no different from a successful person. You need to work hard, learn from mistakes, and more importantly learn from others. And you must make use of all this learning to create better and more more engaging videos.

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Why You Should Prefer Emails to Phone Calls if You Want to Be More Productive

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“Email” and “productivity” rarely go together in a sentence. Emails have been declared as one of our largest time wasters. A McKinsey report stated that people spend around 2.6 hours each day responding to emails. That’s 13 hours a week, 52 hours a month and over 60 days a year! Imagine what you could’ve achieved in 60 days!

Emails also negatively affect our cognitive resources. When we think of responding to them while doing other important tasks, it takes up to 23 minutes and 15 seconds after being disrupted to return to full attention to a current task. Imagine how much our cognition and productivity gets fractured when we get distracted over and over again.

Constant emailing also drains us mentally. And at the end of a day, we realize that we’ve achieved nothing worth mentioning. With a phone call, you can sort issues and solve problems quickly, right? In theory, you’re right. But we live in a practical world where many variables come into play.

Below are three variables that make phone calls adversely affect our productivity, and why emails are a better alternative:

1. Wasting Time

Most “five-minute conversations” can quickly turn into 35-minute calls because people ramble about irrelevant aspects. This derailment, several times a day, severely limits the limited time and energy you have for important tasks.

Emails, on the other hand, force writers to streamline their thoughts and stick to the point. Emails can save you plenty of time and energy because you avoid lengthy phone calls. The constant strife to keep your own emails short and crisp also makes you a clearer thinker, which rewards you in other aspects of your life.

“It’s better to waste money, than it is to waste time. You can always get more money.” – Hal Sparks

2. Inaccurate Responses

An unexpected phone call can catch me caught off guard on a topic. I might respond emotionally or give an answer that doesn’t do justice to what I want to share. In a world dominated by panic buttons and fire-fighting, these don’t just stress me out but the caller as well.

Emails give me flexibility to prepare a coherent response and share it when I’m satisfied. If I feel a surge of emotion, I can sleep over the thought and share a better (more rational) response the next day. Many page-long email responses to emails that upset me have turned into a simple “thank you for your email” the next day.

3. Constant Back-and-Forth

Phone calls often are ineffective to solve business problems. Accounting for multiple people, their views, their timelines… One phone call can quickly turn into three.

Emails are quicker and more effective than even conference calls. They let you communicate with multiple people at the same time. You can share information, assign tasks and give status updates while being as specific as possible.

You must be wondering, “What about back-and-forth emails then? Why do we waste precious time on them?” Yes, email has earned a bad rap. But it’s not because of the medium; it’s because we handle it ineffectively.

A Better Approach to Emailing

For most people, constantly refreshing the inbox is part of the daily to-do list. It keeps them busy and gives them a kick of dopamine – the feel-good chemical.

Ironically, this quest to remain busy makes people compromise on taking action that can move them forward. Using emails prudently, rewards you with plenty of energy and mind space to focus on tasks that truly matter.

Here are three steps that benefited me without succumbing to the side effects of email:

1. Checking Them Less

I check emails just 3 times a day – at 9:30 AM, 12:00 PM, and 4:30 PM. If you don’t have the luxury to do the same, you can start by checking your emails for ten minutes at the end of each hour. Most senders expect a response in a little over an hour. So they won’t mind a slightly delayed response. This gives you 45 undisturbed minutes each hour to work on your core tasks.

2. Responding Quickly

People delay responding to emails at least 37% of the time, which turns finding emails and responding to them into additional tasks that cost time and lead to attention residue. Most emails take under two minutes to respond. When you can respond to an email, do so instead of putting it off. This won’t just put your mind at peace, it’ll also reduce the number of “did-you-see-this” follow-up emails in your inbox.

“I do love email. Wherever possible I try to communicate asynchronously. I’m really good at email.” – Elon Musk

3. The If-Then Technique

The If-Then technique helps you address multiple scenarios at once. For instance, an email that says, “Can we meet at 3:00 PM?” becomes, “Can we meet at 3:00 PM? If not, please advise three other times that work for you.”

This technique is also effective when you want to suggest ideas or provide instructions on alternative steps. For example, “Here’s Plan A. If it doesn’t work, connect with [name] and ask for [specific information]. If you don’t get what you need, inform me.”

I’ll admit. This sounds like more work in the current moment, but it drastically cuts down the number of trail mails, confused correspondences, and fire-fighting instances that occur due to miscommunication.

The If-Then formula is the single most effective technique I’ve learned from The 4-Hour Workweek. All of this doesn’t mean that you abandon phone calls, In fact, it’s better to use the phone for sensitive topics or if an email conversation gets dragged. But remain mindful to not let phone calls waste your time.

If you want to pursue a meaningful life, place a premium on your time. Do things that create time for you to pursue meaningful actions and avoid doing what pulls you away from them. In the knowledge economy, this is the key to success.

Do you prefer email or talking on the phone? Share your thoughts below!

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4 Questions You Need to Answer Before You Reach the Level of Success You So Desperately Crave

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It’s normal that every person in the world wants to reach success and happiness. Yet, everyone defines both of these things differently. For some, success is making a whole bunch of money while for others this can be to become a good parent. Happiness is defined differently as well. Some people need to own a jet, boat and 3 cars to be truly happy, while others are happy just to be able to wake up in the morning.

It doesn’t matter how you define success and happiness, the truth is, you want to achieve them both. But, to be able to reach success and happiness, you need to answer 4 questions for yourself.

Here are the 4 questions you need to answer before you can achieve success and happiness:

1. Where Are You?

No, not geographically. It doesn’t matter where you live. What matters is where are you in life. Where are you in your way to success and happiness. Let’s say you are lost in the woods. You know exactly where you want to go, but you don’t know where you are. Even a map doesn’t help you with that.

The same is true in life. You may have a goal, but until you truly define where you are in the moment, you can’t move toward this goal. So, step 1 on your way to success and happiness is to define where you are right now.

“Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.” – Jim Rohn

2. Where Do You Want to Go?

When you define where you are in life, then you can think of where you want to be.

There’s this saying:  When you don´t know your final destination, you´ll end up somewhere you didn’t want to be. Until you don’t know clearly where you want to be in life and who you want to become, your life doesn’t have a true purpose.

Without purpose, there´s no motivation. Without motivation, there´s no energy. And without energy, you´re not living, you´re just existing. I am sure you know someone who looks like a walking corpse everytime you see them. Do you think this person lives a successful and happy life? Most likely not.

So, step 2 on your way to success and happiness is to clearly define your goal. What do you want to accomplish and who do you want to become?

3. Why Do You Want It?

Okay, you know the basics. You know where you are and where you want to be. But, as Rocky Balboa said, “The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows.” And as you already know, life usually doesn’t go according to your plan. There will be hard times and to overcome those and not give up, you need to know WHY you do what you do.

You need to know WHY you want to accomplish your goals. When you answer this for yourself, you don’t struggle so much to motivate yourself. You will be motivated every minute of every day.

So, as a step 3, sit down and think of WHY you want to accomplish your goals. What’s the big purpose?

“We can change our lives. We can do, have, and be exactly what we wish.” – Tony Robbins

4. How Are You Going to Get There?

And finally, how are you going to get there? What’s your plan? You may know where you are, where you want to be and why you want to do it, but until you truly understand how you are going to get there, there won’t be much success and happiness in your life.

For example, you want to become a bodybuilder. You want to do it because you want to have big muscles and you want to look fit. But, you have no idea how to work out, how to build muscle and how to lose fat. Do you think, you´re going to be happy? No. As Tony Robbins says, “true happiness comes from progress.”

To make progress, you need to have a specific plan; how to get from point A (where you are) to point B (where you want to be). So, as a step 4, sit down and make a specific plan for how you’re going to get what you want in life.

In order to reach success and happiness, there are 4 questions you need to answer for yourself. Without answering them, you´re not going to  get ahead in life, you´re just bouncing around. Success and happiness never come from just bouncing around in life.

Good news is, that these questions are really simple. It won’t take much time to answer them. Just be aware of where you are and where you want to be. Don´t forget to understand why you are pursuing your dream and finally, how are you going to get what you want.

Answer these 4 simple questions today and you won’t struggle with finding success and happiness in life anymore.

Which one of the above 4 questions resonated most with you and why? Share your thoughts and ideas below!

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The Empathetic Heart: How The CHO of VaynerMedia Is Changing The Way We Work

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A month after I had joined LinkedIn back in July of 2018, I sent Claude Silver a connection request and began following her content. One day she made a post saying “Ask and you shall receive, what can I do to help you today?”. I commented on that post asking for a 5 minute interview and to my surprise she agreed by asking me to send her a message (I was given a full hour). This was the first example of pure kindness I witnessed from Claude.

The first message you see on Claude’s website is: People need people. People need people that listen and then do something. That message spoke to me on an emotional level, and I believe it will speak to you too. I wanted to know how she created such an amazing culture, what being a “culture carrier” meant, and how the employees at VaynerMedia have been changed by her work there.

A culture carrier in Claude’s own words is “someone who is aligned with our values, I can’t teach someone to be kind they have to already be kind. The process of developing a culture carrier takes about 6 months. It’s about bringing people together and having strong core values of kindness and empathy.”

Gary Vaynerchuk, co-founder of VaynerMedia, is often referred to as a combination of hustle and heart. With the hiring of Claude and the work she has accomplished within the company, it speaks to the level of empathy that can be felt throughout the entire operation.

Although business can be a challenging, tough, and often cut-throat terrain, by putting employees first and providing honest feedback the company has grown to include offices in New York, Chattanooga, Los Angeles and London, and continues to dominate the market.

Below we’ll see 3 different ways the CHO of VaynerMedia is changing the way people work:

1. By being unafraid to share her own story

Claude has been an influential part of breaking the stigma surrounding vulnerability in the business arena. Not only does she openly share her own story, but she sits down with employees to better understand their vulnerabilities and how to use characteristics that previously would have been considered weaknesses as strengths.

When asked what her biggest adventure to date was she replied “Having Shalom (her daughter). I have had an amazing life, I moved, worked hard, landed an amazing job and fell in love but it didn’t come without its challenges.”

Claude is openly gay and is living proof your sexual orientation doesn’t matter. Nothing matters but your character, your track record, and if you leave people a little better off than before you met them. From Claude, business leaders, employees and entrepreneurs can learn to be more open both on social media and in person, allowing them to build more meaningful relationships and connect on a deeper level. A deeper connection can mean more leverage but it also means a more lasting impact on the world.

“Everyone has something they can share. I’m not famous. I don’t have anything that would be newsworthy, but I have stories.” – Tafta Johnson Watson

2. Committing to a strong value system

VaynerMedia has some serious values for such a large company and those values are expected to be upheld by every employee and visitor. Values like kindness, empathy, honesty, hustle and the art of not complaining.

With Claude holding the title of Chief Heart Officer, she is the guiding light for others. When recruiting, she says she “takes the time to evaluate an individual’s talents but most importantly their own heart”.  

Gary Vaynerchuk is quoted as saying:”To me, there’s no debate that kindness is a strength. And it breaks my heart to know that so many people believe it’s a weakness. So many people are afraid that other people will take advantage of their kindness or make them feel “used.” But the truth is, those who take advantage of your kindness are weak on the inside. Feel bad for them, don’t let them make you feel bad about yourself“.

Both Claude and Gary teach aspiring entrepreneurs that it is okay to live with an open heart and that having the strength to commit to and live with a strong value system, will be a powerful tool during the hustle journey. It also allows you to go to bed at night actually liking the person that you are, nothing will kill a business faster than going to bed at night and hating yourself.

3. Listening with action

As mentioned above Claude’s slogan is: People need people. People need people that listen and then do something.  As a woman who wears many hats, she is also an Outward Bound Instructor, taking individuals on amazing adventures in the outdoors.

Taking action on any given day can mean a number of different things but it speaks to her own character and driving force that she is able to not only guide people through the world of office politics but also through the serene and sometimes challenging wilderness.

Claude cultivates an environment of trust by first offering individuals her own trust. It is a huge and vulnerable action that leads to a relationship of love – heart – and productivity. Listening as an action is something that has the power to change an entire organization from an unproductive, toxic environment to one that promotes creativity, passion, inclusion and positivity.

“Relationships are leverage. If you give value to someone else first, you have leverage.” – Gary Vaynerchuk

To get the truest sense of how Claude was changing the way people work, I asked her co-workers to tell me what working alongside Claude has done for them. Here is one of the answers I received:

“During my time working alongside Claude, I’ve really come to appreciate her example of being a good listener. As a society, we tend to praise the power of speaking. But Claude demonstrates on a daily basis that the most important thing everybody wants is to be heard.” – Steve Babcock, Chief Creative Officer VaynerMedia.

I tried looking for images of Claude on her website and I think it speaks to how focused she is on holding space for others, because I couldn’t find a single full sized image of her to use. I googled. Writing this piece has opened me up to evaluate my own values and the way I connect with people in my daily life.

From this article, it is my own hope that entrepreneurs come to the understanding that although tenacity and true grit are really important, the whole of what Claude represents is something to strive towards. The “soft” skills you develop are humongous strengths and to truly impact an entire organization.

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